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A 47-year-old member asked:

help please? how long will a sunburn/burn take to heal!?

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Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 36 years experience
Natural Process: Sunburn is response of the tissues to injury from solar radiation. It is simply inflammation which means increase blood flow to the area to promote healing. Do not use ice as this can injure already injured skin. Cool water soaks can help as can taking anti-inflammation medicines like Motrin or advil (ibuprofen). Avoid any further damage as this can cause scarring . Good skin cream applied daily/gently helps.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

What to do if I have 2 huge sunburns, and they burn so bad! what can I do?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Aloe vera: Keep sunburn cool with moist cool/cold compresses. Avoid alcohol containing products. Break off pieces of aloe vera plant & apply sap to skin. Consider non-steroidal anti-inflammatory meds to reduce pain. Don’t yank off peeling skin or burst blisters. Seek medical care for severe pain, fever, lack of improvement of symptoms within several days or if a large surface area is blistered.
A 20-year-old female asked:

I got sunburned at the pool pretty bad what can I apply or do so my burn can turn into a tan and not end up pealing?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Aloe Vera: Break open aloe vera leaves and apply the sap directly to your sunburned skin.
A 50-year-old member asked:

Is it true that a sunburn is technically a radiation burn?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
Not really: Sunburns act like any other thermal burn. Radiation injuries are different in that the damage continues after the radiation exposure. Sunburns heal.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How much time will this sunburn/burn take to heal!?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Depends on the burn: Healing time for a first degree burn is usually.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What to do if I am a redhead and I'm burn so terribly :'( is there any home rememdies r medictaions that are really good for sunburns?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Suzanne Galli
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 24 years experience
Sunburn: Stay out of the sun. Protect your skin with sunblock, wear hats and don't sunbathe.

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